In 1999, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater (and its direct sequel) became a worldwide phenomenon, selling millions of copies on the original PlayStation. Surprisingly, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater was up there in nostalgic memories alongside other hits from its time, such as Pokemon and Goldeneye 007.
When we get nostalgic about older games, we used to think they had terrific graphics as kids. However, when we look at it now, it doesn’t look anything like we remember. Fortunately, we’re getting a remaster of the original two Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater titles with updated graphics.
The warehouse level from the original game has been upgraded and opened up as a two-minute demo ahead of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 release in September 2020. Everything players remember from the original warehouse levels have been upgraded with better graphics and details.
Instead of the blocky skaters in an equally block environment as we had in the original Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater games, we get visuals that look a lot more realistic. For some reason, these are the graphics we remembered as kids, but maybe because we were looking at old games, we’ve played through rose-colored glasses. Everything players remember from the warehouse level we played twenty tears ago is there. The way we’re able to smash through windows and walls as if we were Superman is still there. How we were able to accomplish such a feat without getting glass stuck in our bodies is best left for the developers of the game.
Fortunately, all the smashing and physics are still available in Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2. Any clunky animations or controls we don’t remember as children have been smoothed over. The whole feel of skateboarding through an abandoned warehouse while pulling off awesome skateboard tricks feel more natural than it did. The best part is, players can still listen to Goldfinger as they’re rolling around on a skateboard. While nostalgia is nice, how is the demo of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 faring in reviews?
So far, the reviews for Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 look positive. We’re not sure how much of that is players reviewing the game through nostalgic glasses, but it’s not like we didn’t have Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 5 in 2015. However, many of us would like to forget that game existed. It was so bad that the developers shut down soon after releasing the game.
The first impressions of the review claim the game runs very smooth with almost no input lag, stuttering, or slow down. The demo doesn’t offer much outside of giving us a dose of nostalgia, but if they’re banking on upgrading two much-beloved games to cash on our nostalgia, then it looks like they’re headed in the right direction.